A loan of $2,975 helped a member to buy different brands of clothing and shoes by catalog to sell.

Abasolo Group's story

Karla is 21 years old and is in her first year of law school in her native city, Zitacuaro. She tells us that she chose this career because she is interested in helping other people. She is part of the 'Abasolo' group and says that that the group is called this because of the name of the place where they live. She says that a year ago she started a business selling shoes and clothing from catalogs to be able to help her parents pay for her school. She also says that during the week she helps her mother once in a while at her town's market, and on Sundays outside of her house.

She is single, but since she was very small she has helped her mother with the household chores and with her 3 brothers. She is a dedicated girl, with a desire to get ahead. It is because of that that she is requesting a loan to supply clothing and shoes to have ready, and that her clients have already ordered. She waits enthusiastically for her business to continue to go well to then be able to contribute a little more to her house and help her parents.

The other 7 members of the group are named Rocío, Concepción, Teresa, Aída, María de los Ángeles, Victoria and Jorge. They will invest their loans in different businesses, like in different sweets to supply a stall, for car repairs, for balloons to sell, in womens' clothing to sell, in different brands of clothing from a catalog and to buy corncobs to sew them and sell them when done.

In this group: Ma Rocío, Karla Araceli, Ma Concepción, Teresa, Aída, María De Los Ángeles, Victoria, Jorge Alejandro

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kerry George

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